FODMAP is an acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols. These groups of carbohydrates—often referred to as “FODMAPs”—have a few things in common:
By reducing the amount of these specific types of carbohydrates, digestive sensitivities can be minimized.
Watch this brief video to understand the effect that FODMAPs can have on the body, and how a low FODMAP diet may help reduce symptoms associated with digestive discomfort.
A low FODMAP diet is a type of elimination diet that helps you learn what foods you should possibly avoid. Medical direction is important to make sure any serious medical issues are not overlooked. After the approval of a doctor or a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), the first step is to eliminate foods high in FODMAPs from your diet. FODMAPs are specific types of carbohydrates that can trigger digestive discomfort.
After the elimination phase, you then reintroduce FODMAPs in a stepwise process to distinguish individual FODMAP triggers which are related to your symptoms.